A Selection of Recent Talks by F.S. Roberts
(this is not complete and I apologize that not all talks listed here are available electronically)

  • Mathematique de la planete Terre
    (Talk at University of Paris-Dauphine on the occasion of being awarded Docteur Honoris Causa, June 2013.)

  • What is Big Data and How has it Changed?
    (Invited talk at International Conference on Data Intensive Systems Analysis for Geohazard Studies, Sochi, Russia, July 2016.)

  • Meaningful and meaningless statements using metrics for the border condition
    (Proceedings of 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security, Boston, May 2016) (winner of Best Paper Award)

  • Mathematics of Planet Earth
    (Willie B. Rajanna Memorial Lecture, Morgan State University, April 2015.)

  • Mathematics of Planet Earth: Natural Disasters
    (Workshop on MPE: Natural Disasters, Georgia Tech, May 2015.)

  • Vulnerabilities of Cyber-Physical Systems: From Football to Oil Rigs
  • Mathematics of Planet Earth (MPE): Education for the Planet Earth of Tomorrow
    (Workshop on MPE: Education for the Planet Earth of Tomorrow, NIMBioS, University of Tennessee, September 2015)

  • Mathematics of Planet Earth: Management of Natural Resources
    (Workshop on MPE: Management of Natural Resources, Howard University, June 2015)

  • The Little-known Challenge of Maritime Cyber Security
  • Data and Citizen Science
    (Plenary talk, International Workshop on Citizen Science, Paris, December 2015)

  • Boat Allocations, Football Inspections, Cargo Handling, and Nuclear Detection with Taxis: Examples of Model Validation, Conference on Validation: What is it?
    (University of California - Irvine, February 2015)

  • Analytical Approaches to Aviation Security at CCICADA
    (CREATE-TSA Summer Symposium, July 2015)

  • Algorithmic Decision Theory and the Smart Grid
  • Mathematics of Planet Earth: Sustainable Human Environments
  • Competition Graphs and Food Webs: Some of My Favorite Conjectures
    (American Mathematical Society Special Session on My Favorite Graph Theory Conjectures, Baltimore, MD, Jan. 2014)

  • Defending Against H1N1 Virus, Smallpox, and Other Naturally Occurring or Deliberately Caused Diseases: How Can Graph Theory Help?
  • The Trend Toward Convergence of Physical and Logical (Cyber) Security
    (Conference on Cyber/Homeland Security - Opportunities for U.S.-Israel Partnerships, New Jersey Inst. of Technology, Jan. 2014)

  • My Collaborations with Paul Kantor: From the Paper Neither of Us Can Access to Fish
    (Fusion Fest: Marrying Methods to Solve Real-world Problems, Rutgers University, October 2014)

  • Meaningless Statements in Epidemiology
  • Homeland Security: What Can Data Science Do?
    (University of Texas-San Antonio, Jan. 2015)

  • Algorithmic Decision Theory and Risk-based Decision Making in the Maritime Environment
    (National Strategic Maritime Risk Conference, Purdue University, November 2013.)

  • Estimating Violation Risk for Fisheries Regulations
    (Third International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory, Brussels, Belgium, November 2013.)

  • Consensus List Colorings of Graphs
  • Mathematics of Planet Earth, Homeland Security, and Algorithmic Decision Theory
    (Workshop on Urban Planning for Climate Events, DIMACS, September 2013.)

  • How Policy Analytics Leads to "Changes in the Culture": Examples from Homeland Security
    (Workshop on Conception Innovante des Politiques Publiques, University of Paris-Dauphine, June 2013.)

  • The Tradeoff between Security and Commerce in Urban Areas
    (Plenary talk at conference on Tools for Group Decision (OPDE)/Optimization Days, Montreal, May 2013.)

  • Scoring Rules for Fisheries Rules Violations
    (Workshop on Algorithmic Aspects of Information Fusion, DIMACS, November 2012)

  • Meaningless Statements in Landscape Ecology and Environmental Sustainability
  • Algorithmic Decision Theory and the Port Reopening Scheduling Problem
    (Maritime Risk Symposium, Rutgers, November 2011)

  • Algorithmic Decision Theory and Smart Cities
    (Workshop on Smart Cities, Paris, 2011)

  • Homeland Security: What Can Mathematics Do?
    (DIMACS/CCICADA/DHS Student Conference on Discrete Mathematics: One Way to Exciting Careers in Homeland Security, July, 2011)

  • Algorithmic Decision Theory and Sustainability
    (Workshop on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability (WICS), held in Conjunction with IEEE SECON 2011, Salt Lake City, June 2011)

  • Sensor Management for Nuclear Defense - Layered Defense
  • US -China Computer Science Leadership Summits
    (Workshop on Effective Engagement and Collaboration of US CISE - China Researchers, Arlington, VA, May 2011)

  • Urban Commerce and Security Study (UCASS)
  • Algorithmic Decision Theory for the Smart Grid
    (Workshop on Algorithmic Decision Theory for the Smart Grid, DIMACS, October 2010)

  • Data Science Challenges for Homeland Security
    (Plenary talk at Visual Analytics Summer School, Middlesex University, London, UK, September 2010)

  • Measurement of Biodiversity
  • Competition Graphs and the Dimensions of Biodiversity
  • Port Resilience
    (Talk at Dept. of Homeland Security University Network Summit, Washington, DC, March 2010)

  • Measurement of Pollution
    (tutorial at First International Conference on Algorithmic Decision Theory, Venice, Italy, October 2009)

  • Sometimes it Pays to be Greedy: Greedy Algorithms in Economic Epidemiology
    (Advanced Study Institute in Economic Epidemiology, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, July 2009)

  • Epidemiology: An Operations Research Approach
    (Advanced Study Institute in Economic Epidemiology, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, July 2009)

  • Why BioMath? Why Now?
    (DIMACS BioMath Connect Institute, July 2009)

  • Why BioMath? Why Now? (BioMath in the Classroom)
    (Plenary talk at Conference on Mathematics and Biology: The New Educational Synergy, SUNY Farmingdale, April 2009)

  • Algorithms for Port of Entry Inspection: Finding Optimal Binary Decision Trees
  • Boolean Functions I Have Known and Not Known (Memories of Peter L. Hammer)
    (talk at Workshop on Boolean and Pseudo-Boolean Functions in Memory of Peter L. Hammer, January 2009)

  • Climate and Disease
    (talk at Modeling the Impact of Policy Options during Public Health Crises, Banff International Research Station, July 2008)

  • How Modelers can Help Policymakers before and during Health Crises (The Case of TOPOFF 3)
    (talk at Modeling the Impact of Policy Options during Public Health Crises, Banff International Research Station, July 2008)

  • Voting Problems and Computer Science Applications
    (talk at Math Awareness Month Workshop on Mathematics and Voting Theory, New Jersey City University, April 2008)

  • Decision Support for Port of Entry Inspection
    (semimar at Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, January 2008)

  • Algorithms for Port of Entry Inspection for WMDs (Also: REU Seminar at DIMACS, July 2008)
    (Minisymposium on Discrete Sciences Applications in Homeland Security, Rutgers University, September 2007)
    (Also, at "BuckFest! A Conference in Honor of F.R. "Buck" McMorris, Illinois Institute of Technology, May 2008)

  • Applications of Measurement Theory/Meaningfulness in Epidemiology/Public Health
    (Plenary talk at European Mathematical Psychology Group meeting, Luxembourg, September 2007, and at MINET - European Commission Measuring the Impossible Network Training Course, Genoa, Italy, June 2008).

  • Why Bio-Math? Why Now?
  • Algorithms for Port of Entry Inspection for WMDs
    (Talk at DyDAn program on Mathematics and Homeland Security for High School Teachers, May 2007).

  • Locating Sensors to Detect Chem, Bio, or Nuclear Threats
    (Talk at DyDAn program on Mathematics and Homeland Security for High School Teachers, May 2007).

  • Computer Science and Decision Making
    (Talk at Workshop on Voting Theory and Preference Modeling, University of Paris - Dauphine, October 2006).

  • New Challenges for Modelers of Infectious Diseases of Africa
    (Talk at Workshop on on Facing the Challenge of Infectious Diseases in Africa: The Role of Mathematical Modeling in Johannesburg, South Africa, September 2006).

  • Measurement of Pollution
    (Two hour tutorial at MAA Shortcourse on Environmental Modeling, Knoxville, 8-06).

  • Social Choice and Computer Science
  • Computer Science and the Socioeconomic Sciences
    (Presentation at Xi'An Xiaotong University, Xi'An, China, 5-06).

  • Consensus List Colorings and Physical Mapping of DNA
  • Insightful Understanding of China's Higher Education and Research in Computer Science and Information Technology
    (At Opening Ceremony for NSF Beijing Office, Beijing, China, 5-06).

  • Research Centers
    (At US-China Computer Science Leadership Summit, Beihang University, Beijing, China, 5-06).

  • (DIMACS/DIMATIA/Renyi Combinatorial Challenges Conference, 4-06).

  • Algorithms for Port of Entry Inspection for WMDs
    (Conference on Mathematical Methods in Counter-terrorism, Columbia, SC, 11-05).
    Shorter version at INFORMS Special Session on Diagnosis Models for Port of Entry Inspections, San Francisco, 11-05.

  • Graph-theoretical Problems Arising from Defending Against Bioterrorism and Controlling the Spread of Fires:
  • Graph-theoretic Models of the Spread and Control of Disease and of Fighting Fires
  • Decision Support Algorithms for Port of Entry Inspection
    (Presentation at DHS meeting on "Research and Development Partnerships in Homeland Security", Boston, 4-05)

  • On Balanced Signed Graphs and Consistent Marked Graphs
    (Lecture at Workshop on Graph Colorings and their Generalizations, Renyi Institute, Budapest, Hungary, 4-05)

  • Graph-Theoretical Models of the Spread and Control of Disease
    (Talk at Seminar on Computational and Mathematical Epidemiology, DIMACS, 10-04)

  • The Theory of Measurement and its Applications
    (6 hours of tutorial lectures at DIMACS Working Group Meeting on Order-theoretic Aspects of Epidemiology, DIMACS, 3-05)

  • Homeland Security: What Can Mathematics Do?
    (Luncheon briefing for Members of Congress and Staff, House Office Building, Washington, DC, sponsored by American Mathematical Society, 9/04)

  • Competition Graphs of Semiorders
  • The RNA Detective Game: Finding RNA Chains From Fragments
  • Role Assignments and Social Networks
    (Brest, France Minisymposium 10-04, MAA NJ Section Meeting 3/04, DIMACS-DIMATIA-Renyi Meeting on Algebraic and Geometric Methods in Combinatorics, Budapest, 4/04 and RPI colloquium)

  • Homeland Security Research at DIMACS
    (Seminar at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 2-05)

  • Homeland Security: What Can Mathematics Do?
    (Precalculus Conference, 3/04)

  • Information Processing in the Biological Organism (A Systems Biology Approach)
    (Report on a Workshop of the same name, at BISTI Symposium, NIH, 11-03)

  • Overview of Homeland Security Research at Rutgers
    (State of New Jersey Symposium on Homeland Security Research, 10-03)

  • Telecom Research at Rutgers University
    (NJ Commission on Jobs, Growth, and Economic Development, 7-03)

  • The Bioterrorism Sensor Location Problem
    (Modeling and Prediction of Disease Conference 3/03; also Los Alamos National Lab 5/03)

  • The Tree of Life: Challenges for Discrete Math and Theoretical Computer Science
    (DIMACS Tree of Life Workshop 3/03)

  • Mathematics and Bioterrorism: Graph-Theoretical Models of Spread and Control of Disease
    (DIMACS Connect Institute 7/02 and talks at West Point Discrete Math Meeting 10/02 and colloquia at Colgate and Montclair State)

  • Challenges for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science in the Defense Against Bioterrorism
    (SIAM Meeting, 7/02)

  • Consensus List Coloring and Physical Mapping of DNA
    ("Rota Lecture" at Conference on the Interconnections among Codes, Designs, Graphs, and Molecular Biology, Taiwan, 5/02; also at International Conference on Ordinal and Symbolic Data Analysis, Irvine, CA, 8/03, and DIMACS-DIMATIA-Renyi Meeting on Generalizations of Graph Coloring 10-03)

  • Modeling and Bioterrorism: Why Model?
    (Conference on Mathematical Modeling of the Spread of Selected Bioterrorism Agents, MITRE Corporation, 3/02)

  • Voting, Metasearch, and Bioconsensus
    (NY Academy of Science Distinguished Scientist Lecture, 5/01; also at U. of South Carolina and U. of Paris IX)

  • On Social Justice, International Relations, the Analysis of Literature, and the Study of Social Networks and Communication Networks (or: On Balanced Signed Graphs and Consistent Marked Graphs)
    (seminars at DIMATIA in Prague, DIMACS REU program, and elsewhere)
    **(sorry, not available electronically right now)

  • Meaningless Statements
    (Numerous seminars/colloquia, including Waterloo, Telcordia, Duke, and DIMACS REU seminar)
    ** (sorry, not available electronically right now)


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